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France’s regional polls launch race for the presidency

First came the shock, then the relief for France’s political establishment.

The country’s regional elections – usually a mid-term test of opinion, electing bodies with no legislative power – became the latest manifestation of the growth of the authoritarian and populist National Front (FN).

Despite stunning results in the first round, support for the party was not sufficient to allow it to win control of any of France’s regions.

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To be or not to be European?

Ever since Denmark joined what is now the European Union, Danes have asked themselves a version of Hamlet’s eternal question: to be, or not to be European?

Danish ambivalence towards Europe has been represented in the attitudes of many governments. No administration has dared to ratify an EU treaty without a public referendum.

So today (3 December), Danes participate in the seventh EU referendum since they joined in 1973.

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Who’s who in the new Polish government?

Following the decisive victory of Law and Justice (PiS) in parliamentary elections last month, Poland’s new Prime Minister, Beata Szydło, has today (Friday 13 November 2015) been sworn in.

But who are the men and women who will form part of Szydło’s team?

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Croatia’s main parties court reformist newcomers after inconclusive vote

Post updated on 13 November 2015 with new section ‘A Bridge too far?’

What’s happened?

Parliamentary elections held on 8 November saw the closest outcome in Croatia’s democratic history.

The centre-right Patriotic Coalition won 59 seats while the outgoing centre-left pact, Croatia is Growing, won 56 seats. With the three seats won by regionalist party IDS, which backed the last government, the result is a dead-heat between the two major coalitions.

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Law and Justice wins stunning victory in Polish elections

Exit polls from Poland’s parliamentary election show the opposition Law and Justice (PiS) winning a landslide victory with 38 per cent of the vote and obtaining an absolute majority in Parliament.

The ruling Civic Platform (PO) party came second, with 24 per cent, while the Kukiz movement won nine per cent of the vote.

The United Left alliance and Modern Poland both won 7.5 per cent of the vote, but the United Left’s score would mean they fall below the eight per cent threshold for an electoral alliance to win seats in parliament.

The results leave PiS potentially achieving the impossible in Poland: being able to govern without a coalition partner.

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Words  CEC Government Relations, Warsaw
Image  CC/Flickr Nicolas Raymond – free image available at

Poland decides: five pointers to Sunday’s election

With a new Prime Minister last September and a new President elected in May, Poland is going through a period of political turbulence.

But Sunday’s parliamentary election could see the most significant change, with the opposition Law and Justice party leading in the opinion polls.

Here is our guide to what might happen in this crucial vote.

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Portugal to stick with centre-right coalition?

Three questions on the Portuguese elections to Luis Rosendo, Managing Director of Y&R PR, Burson-Marsteller’s affiliate in Lisbon:

1. Who won the elections and what will happen now?

Democracy won, although there is concern that two in every five people eligible to vote did not go to the polls.

Among those who did vote, there was a general willingness to put trust in the outgoing centre-right coalition, but the Socialists (PS) did gain votes and could influence the direction of the new government.

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No news is good news for Tsipras: ten reflections on the Greek elections

1. No news is good news for Tsipras

The election result is a major political and personal triumph for Alexis Tsipras (pictured). His SYRIZA party, divided over the third bailout package agreed in July, lost only one seat compared to its result in January. It also scored a seven percentage point lead over the centre-right New Democracy party.

Tsipras’ clear victory was a surprise for many, as pre-election polls had shown SYRIZA neck-and-neck with New Democracy. Tsipras also managed to secure clear leadership of the left in Greece, with People’s Unity (the party established by far-left SYRIZA MPs who left the party) gaining no representation in Parliament, and the centre-left (PASOK-DIMAR) securing only modest gains. Potential dissent SYRIZA MPs may think twice, having seen the fate of their erstwhile colleagues.

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Duda springs a surprise to win Polish presidency

In what will be seen as one of Poland’s biggest electoral shocks of the past 20 years, Andrzej Duda (pictured) has defeated Bronisław Komorowski to become President-elect of Poland.

A Member of the European Parliament for the Law and Justice party, Duda won 51.5 per cent of the vote in a closely-fought campaign. The turnout, 55.3 per cent, was one of the highest ever in a Polish presidential election.

Duda’s victory is all the more impressive given that at the start of the campaign, he was completely unknown politician to most Poles – despite having been an MEP, a deputy justice minister and a minister in the chancellery of a former president, Lech Kaczyński. Yet from an electoral position that even a month ago seemed hopeless, he managed to beat Komorowski, the centre-right incumbent, in the first and second rounds of the election.

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